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The Beauty of Snow - Yuki no Utsukushisa

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The Beauty of Snow

There are some areas that have a lot of snow in Japan. Nagano hosted the Winter Olympics in 1998. Skiing and snowboarding is quite popular, especially among young people. Since my hometown, Kobe, doesn't have much snow, I always get excited when it snows. There is a Japanese word, "yukigeshou," which means, "to be covered by a blanket of snow". It is written with the kanji characters for "yuki (snow)" and "geshou/keshou (makeup)". I think snow is so beautiful, and it does completely change familiar scenery.

Japanese Translation

雪の美しさ

日本には雪がたくさん降る地域もあります。長野では、1998年に冬季オリンピックが開催されました。スキーやスノーボードは、特に若い人達に、とても人気があります。私が生まれ育った神戸は、あまり雪が降らないので、私は雪が降るといつもわくわくしてしまいます。日本語には、雪化粧という言葉があって、野山の景色が雪によっておしろいで化粧したように、白く美しく変わることを表します。雪の美しさは日頃見慣れた景色を、まったく別のものに変えてしまうと思います。

Romaji Translation

Nihon niwa yuki ga takusan furu chiiki mo arimasu. Nagano dewa, 1998-nen ni touki orinpikku ga kaisai saremashita. Sukii ya sunooboodo wa, tokuni wakai hito tachi ni totemo ninki ga arimasu. Watashi ga umaresodatta koube wa, amari yuki ga furanai node, watashi wa yuki ga furu to itsumo waku waku shite shimaimasu. Nihongo niwa, yukigeshou to iu kotoba ga atte, noyama no keshiki ga yuki ni yotte oshiroi de keshou shita youni, shiroku utsukushiku kawaru koto o arawashimasu. Yuki no utsukushisa wa higoro minareta keshiki o, mattaku betsu no mono ni kaete shimau to omoimasu.

Note: The translation is not always literal.

Beginner's Phrases

Skiing and snowboarding is quite popular, especially among young people.

  • Sukii ya sunooboodo wa, tokuni wakai hito tachi ni totemo ninki ga arimasu.

  • すきーや すのーぼーどは、とくに わかいひとたちに とても にんきが あります。

  • スキーやスノーボードは、特に若い人達に、とても人気があります。

Learn More

"Waku waku suru" is a combination of an onomatopoeic expression and the verb "suru." Click here to learn more about it.

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